Police investigate suitcase left near North Phoenix intersection

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Police investigated a suitcase that was left in the road near a North Phoenix intersection at 16th Street and Greenway Parkway this morning. The streets in that area were closed Friday morning.

A man in a vehicle left the suitcase on the ground and drove away, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard with the Phoenix Police Dept.

Law enforcement determined that there was nothing dangerous or hazardous in the suitcase, and they used a robot to blow up the suitcase.

Sgt. Howard said that a witness saw an SUV stop near the intersection, and a man around 50 years old got out of the car. The man then left the suitcase next to one of the light poles, returned to his car and drove away.

The witness called the police to report the suspicious behavior. The police shut down the intersection and called the bomb squad to the scene. The bomb squad robot inspected the suitcase and opened it safely.

"The benefit that we have here in Phoenix is that we have a bomb squad that is able to come out and help us analyze these suspicious packages," Sgt. Howard said. "The nice thing today is that we had resident in the area that saw something suspicious, she called us and we were able to come out here and make sure that everyone was safe."